SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
21 October 2021 04:12:54 PM
The Legislative Operations Department (LOD) led by Deputy Secretary-General David Robert Amorin on Thursday held the “Pet Ko, Mahal Ko” webinar, which seeks to inform the House of Representatives Secretariat officials, employees, and congressional staff on how to properly take care of their pets amid the pandemic. As the House continues the HRep Month 2021 celebration, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco likewise urged his fellow pet owners to celebrate and show off their love for their animal best friends, who give unconditional love to them especially in these trying times. “Somehow, our pets have been a source of our much needed comfort and joy through these past two years. In return, we must give them the gift of friendship and companionship. They too, have hearts that must be given compassion and care,” he said. Secretary General Mark Llandro Mendoza also left a message of greeting for the attendees. For his part, Amorin underscored that pets help lighten people's moods, uplift their spirits, and comfort their weary minds. “However, no matter how much we love our fur babies, there are still important information that we need to know,” he said. The webinar featured: 1) veterinarian Dr. Keith Dela Cruz who discussed “Care of Companion Animals”; 2) veterinarian Dr. Darwin Bandoy who talked about “Companion Animal in Time of COVID-19”; and 3) Tessa Villalon, a volunteer at the Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) Welfare Philippines, who presented “Mission to Control Street Population of Cats and Dogs: Adopt a Companion Animal.” Meanwhile, Catherine Santos from the Finance Department, Melinda Maye Cid from the Inter-Parliamentary and Public Affairs Department, and Ivy Jacinto from the Committee Affairs Department took home amazing prizes after winning a TikTok challenge with their fur babies. To end, Plenary Support Service OIC Director Antonino Crescini reminded the attendees that while they try to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic, they must also provide the same medical attention to their pet's needs. “Dapat sila rin ay safe,” he said.